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Flow Conditioning for Improved Piping Arrangement

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-19-9-0012
Agency Tracking Number: N2-7205
Amount: $1,998,902.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NX19-003
Solicitation Number: 19.4
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-10-04
Small Business Information
148 N mine canyon rd
orange, CA 92869
United States
DUNS: 078891572
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ian Furlong
 Principal Investigator
 (562) 480-6406
Business Contact
 Ian Furlong
Phone: (562) 480-6406
Research Institution

Currently, there are many fluid-flow conditioning products which are typically inserted downstream of a pipe bend. This does reduce the number of pipe diameters required to reestablish fully developed flow, however a 50% reduction in pipe diameters cannot be achieved with current technology. Additionally, there are tabbed elbow flow conditioners that address the problem; however, these have high differential pressure and cause turbulence in the flow stream in transient or off nominal conditions. The consequence of noise due to turbulence is not an appropriate solution for DON needs.Technology in Practice (TIP) proposes the design of an Elbow Flow Conditioner (EFC) which does not use tabs, but instead uses flow vanes. This design mitigates differential pressure and turbulence. TIP will define trade spaces to investigate differential pressure, the minimum number of pipe diameters required to reestablish fully developed flow, and cost effectiveness of multiple geometries and surface finishes, respectively. Once an optimized design has been established, TIP will design and fabricate a flow loop to test the prototype EFC using NIST traceable instrumentation in a A2LA certified test lab.

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